COP24 – A Meeting With Mixed Success
A Message From GSC’s Team:
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) – COP24 – took place last month in Poland and included representatives from almost 200 countries. They were there to get global climate negotiations focused on producing a set of rules for the Paris Climate Agreement. In the end, there was good news and bad news. The representatives did agree on an overarching rulebook, but failed to address how countries will step up their targets to cut emissions.
The time has come for business to take the lead on climate actions. What will inspire the business community to view its role as a custodian of natural resources and not only as a hungry user? Investors are beginning to make their voices heard and will likely play an important part in changing business behavior.
And for true inspiration listen to the TED talk by Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old climate activist from Sweden.
Her role and and other important details about COP24 are discussed in the lead article in our newsletter, provided by our GSC board member Arnaud Brohé, who is an expert on global carbon markets.
Reports & Studies
Written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, January 18, 2019. Summary for the GSC by Christine Bullen This essay from The Economist and supported by UNOPS provides an excellent examination of the critical role that infrastructure – of all sorts – plays in providing a foundation for achieving global social and environmental goals. A key question […]
Written by Maung K. Min, Board Member of the Global Sourcing Council
It has been three years and counting since the birth of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations (UN) in September, 2015 SDGs are “… a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity …….. focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.” Read more here.
Save the Date- Monday, March 18, 2019, 18th Annual Wall Street Green Summit
Princeton University Club, New York
The 18th Annual Wall Street Green Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive sustainable finance event in the industry. It wil be held on Monday March 25, 2019 in New York. Launched in 2002 by Peter Fusaro, the Wall Street Green Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow. More importantly, it is aimed at building the sustainable finance system for responsible investing and the changing role of business in sustainability. The emergence of the “Impact Economy” is where main street investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs and government to solve environmental and social problems while generating financial returns. Read more here.
Louis Coppola to Lead Rankings Agency Keynote at Responsible Business Summit in NY, March 18-19, 2019
We’re excited to announce that Louis Coppola, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Governance & Accountability Institute, and a member of the Global Sourcing Council Board, will lead the Rankings Agency Keynote at the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Summit New York. Click the previous link for more information.